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By Floyd Miller



Oct. 1st Museums & GalleriesThe Grace Museum102 Cypress ~ 325-673-4587Children, Fine Art & History MuseumsAdmissionThrough Jan. 17“The Texas Scene” 1909-1959This exhibition will fill every gallery of the museum in celebration of the Centenary of the construction of The Grace building in 1909. Included are some 160 works, including 20-from the Grace’s Permanent Collection as well as some 140-from major private collections across Texas. Many of these landmark works in the history of Texas art have rarely, if ever, been seen by the public.Through Feb. 20 “Michael Frary: In Sight”From each generation there will emerge artists who capture on canvas the creative essence of their times. During his lifetime, Michael Frary was recognized as one of those artists.Through March 13“Texas Photography from the Wright Collection” The inaugural exhibition in the new Alice and Bill Wright Photography Gallery at The Grace.The Center for Contemporary Arts220 Cypress St. ~ 325-677-8389Showcasing contemporary art, sculpture and photographyFreeThrough Oct. 31“Recovery” by Ash Almonte“Get on Board” Artist Member & Center Board Collaborative Exhibit“Young Immigrants” Works by Kim AlexanderOct. 6 through Nov. 28“Adobe, Adobe” by Shannon StoneyFrontier Texas!625 N. 1st ~ 325-437-2800The dramatic story of the Old West like you’ve never seen before! Legends • History• AdventureAdmissionThrough Dec. 31“The Guns That Won the West”from the Fort Phantom Hill Foundation Collection – Over 70 firearms are on display, grouped by military, lawmen and hunting useNational Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature 102 Cedar ~ 325-673-4586FreeOct. 1 Through Feb. 12, 2010Bravo! Chris RaschkaRaschka, a trained violist, is one of the country’s finest children’s book author-illustrators. He won the Caldecott in 2006 for “Hello, Goodbye Window.” His book “Yo! Yes?”, a Caldecott Honor Book, was named by the School Library Journal as one of its 100 Books that Shaped the Century.Exhibit Opening Schedule of EventsOct. 1–“Yo! Yes?”A community gallery talk and book signing with artist Chris Raschka. – FreeOct. 2–“Mysterious Raschka”Educator luncheon and workshop with Artist Christ Raschka – 11 a.m.Oct. 3–“A Foot in the Mouth”Children’s event and book signing with artist Chris Raschka. – 10 a.m. – FreeOct. 3–“An Evening with Raschka”Reception and conversation with the artist6:30 p.m. – $25/person – Advance registration required.National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar 325-673-4586, NCCILOct. 1st 7th-Annual “Empowering Women with Tools to Dream” Luncheon Benefitting the Alliance for Women and ChildrenAbilene Civic Center11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m$30 per person – advance tickets required325-677-5321, Kristina JonesWeb Site: Oct. 1st — Oct. 4th Ward Brothers Seniors Team Roping Assn. FinalsTaylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn325-677-3476, Expo CenterOct. 1st – Oct. 4th Texas Model A Club Grand Ole Tour Mall of Abilene, 4310 Buffalo Gap Rd.325-692-9538, Dave RandallOct. 1st Domestic Violence Awareness Vigil October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, will be recognized by a silent witnesses candlelight vigil. Sponsored by the Noah Project.Taylor County Courthouse, Veterans Memorial5 to 7 p.m.325-672-6626, Karen DansbyWeb Site: Oct. 2nd — Oct. 3rd Intercollegiate Tennis Association Wilson Regional Championships D-II Abilene Christian University325-674-2591, Coach Hutto JonesOct. 2nd — Oct. 3rd “Whoa, Brittania!” Musical Comedy. The year is 1944, America’s favorite singing cowboy, Tex Riley and his troupe, are late for a special broadcast at the BBC in London. The tour manager and producer grabs whoever they can out of desperation; a snobby announcer, an amiable sound man and a passing soap opera actor. He slaps them into costumes, hands them scripts and shoves them In front of the studio audience. The resulting performance is one England will never forget!Abilene Community Theatre, 801 S. Mockingbird7:30 p.m.$15/Adults; $12/Students-Seniors-Military; $7/Ages 12 and younger325-673-6271, Box OfficeWeb Site: Oct. 3rd 6th-Annual Spirit of the Frontier Festival Entertaining and educational living history festival that celebrates the spirit of the frontier … for everyone from energetic young explorers to the well-seasoned history buff. Meet frontier soldiers, settlers, cowboys and Indians. Children’s games, food, music and cannon fire!Frontier Texas! Parade Grounds, 625 N. 1st9 a.m. to 5 p.m.$3—Adults; $2—Seniors, Military, Students & Teachers; Free—Children ages 5 and younger325-437-2800, Frontier Texas!Web Site: Oct. 3rd 7th Annual “Bark in the Park” Benefitting the Taylor Jones Humane Society. Bring your pets for a blessing for long life and health. Also included are lots of games including a doggy wet T-shirt contest.Play Faire Park, 2300 N 2nd10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Free – Donations Accepted325-672-2977, Play FaireOct. 3rd Business Mercado: Fiesta Mecado 2009 “Celebrating Business” Sponsored by the Hispanic Business Council of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. Provides an avenue for interaction between Hispanic and non-Hispanic, businesses and consumers, interested in targeting the Hispanic market. 75-booths. Mariachi Alma Mexicana.Abilene Civic Center, Exhibit Hall9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Free325-677-7241, Lupita Buitrón-MartinezOct. 4th “Lofty Spaces in Downtown Places” Abilene Preservation League Fall Home Tour Historic Downtown Abilene1 to 4 p.m.Advance: $12/person; At the Door: $15/person325-676-3775 x1, APLWeb Site: Oct. 4th Great Communion Congregations all across the United States…and all around the world…meet together and celebrate Communion and remember our common heritage.Abilene Christian University, Moody Coliseum3 to 4:30 p.m.Free325-518-9734, InformationOct. 7th Annual Chamber Banquet Special guest speaker will be Arthur C. Brooks, PhD, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy and Research . The Outstanding Citizen of the Year will also be announced.Abilene Civic Center6:30 to 9 p.m.$50/person325-677-7241, Abilene ChamberWeb Site: Oct. 8th Fashions for the Cure Style Show Benefiting Cancer Services NetworkAbilene Civic Center6 p.m. $30 per person325-672-0040, Cancer Services NetworkWeb Site: Oct. 8th ArtWalk “ChalkWalk/Think Pink” Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Bring the entire family to historic downtown where you draw on the sidewalks, enjoy restaurants, shops, museums, galleries, and entertainment!5-8:30 p.m.Free325-677-8389, Center for Contemporary ArtsWeb Site: Oct. 9th — Oct. 10th “Sabrina” Paramount Film Series Paramount Film SeriesAudrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden star in this vibrant romantic comedy.Paramount Theatre, 352 Cypress9th—7:30 p.m. and 10th—2 and 7:30 p.m.Adults: $6Student/Sr./Military/Child: $5325-676-9620, Box OfficeWeb Site: Oct. 9th Entra a la Plaza Sponsored by: Hispanos Unidos, an on campus ACU organization, that helps to promote Latin diversity on campus. Featuring traditional Latin American music, dances, and food. Highlights include Cristina and the Latin Vibes band from DFW, a Puerto Rican salsa & merengue band.Abilene Christian University, Mall Area6 to 11 p.m.Free972-953-5243, Elroy Johnson IVWeb Site: Oct. 10th — Oct. 11th Texas Gun & Knife Show Abilene Civic CenterSaturday—9 a.m. to -5 p.m.Sunday —10 a.m. to 4 p.m.$5 per person830-285-0575, Booth Rental325-676-6211, Civic CenterWeb Site: Oct. 10th Downtown Dayz Shops • Museums • Food • Art • Music • Movies • Tourspresented by the Abilene Downtown Association10 a.m. to ?Historic Downtown Abilene325-672-9696, Carol and Glenn DromgooleWeb Site: Oct. 10th Ghost Tours Listen to ghostly tales that relate to the history of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. The buildings at the Village hold stories of lynchings, death and decay. You might encounter one of the spirits that reside at the Village.Buffalo Gap Historic Village, 133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TXBegins at Dusk$10/person; Members receive a 10% discount325-572-3365, BGHVOct. 10th Chautauqua Learning Series Based on the Chautauqua movement which spread throughout the rural United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries providing educational lectures and entertainment for average Americans before the advent of mass media like radio and television. The Texas Frontier Heritage and Cultural Center™ is proud to continue the spirit of that tradition.Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TX11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.$7 per person; Free for members325-572-3365, Historic VillageWeb Site: Oct. 10th — Oct. 11th National Barrel Horse Association District 9 Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn325-677-4376, ExpoOct. 10th Original Team Roping District Competition Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena325-677-4376, Expo CenterOct. 12th — Oct. 13th A World for Children presents “Launching Dreams 2009” Designed to focus on the therapeutic needs of kids in care. Workshops are designed to provide quality skill building training for foster parents and professionals, as well as provide approved LPC and Social Work continuing education credit. Keynote speakers: Dr. Chuck Jackson, Dr. Wayne Duehn, Dr. Kim Lockwood, Richard SantanaAbilene Civic Center12th–8:30 to 5 p.m.13th–8:30 to 4 p.m.Free888-641-1055, Rhonda or CareyOct. 13th — Oct. 15th Texas State 4-H Working Cow Horse Clinic Taylor County Expo Center, Horse Barn and Covered Outdoor Arena325-677-4376, Expo CenterOct. 15th — Oct 17th Zops Bike Rally Bike Games – Concerts – Parades – Special Events – Rides – Tattoo ContestAll events at the Taylor County Expo Center except Oct. 17th Parade in Historic Downtown Abilene15th–$20 per person16th–$25 per person17th–$30 per person$50 per person–VIP passAll prices include grounds pass and nightly concerts325-677-2938, John HarvardWeb Site: Oct. 15th — Oct. 18th Hardin-Simmons University Homecoming 325-670-1317, Alumni OfficeWeb Site: Oct. 15th — Oct. 18th McMurry University Homecoming 325-793-4603, Alumni OfficeWeb Site: Oct. 15th — Oct. 18th Abilene Christian University Homecoming 325-674-2622 , Alumni OfficeWeb Site: Oct. 15th Colin Hay in Concert A benefit for The Center for Contemporary Arts featuring former “Men At Work” front man Colin Hay.The Warehouse 357 Walnut $25/person advance; $30/person at the door325-677-8389, CCAWeb Site: Oct. 16th — Oct. 18th “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Abilene Christian University Homecoming Musical It’s the roaring twenties, and small town Millie Dillmount arrives in New York to see how the other half lives, but what starts out as a bold declaration of her independence quickly turns into a whirlwind of money, romance, kidnapping and tap-dancing stenographers – all leading to a surprise ending that could only happen in NYC! With a full score of jazzy songs and bright dance numbers, Millie took Broadway by storm and won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2002.Abilene Civic CenterFri.: 8 p.m. – $5 to $24/personSat.: 8 p.m. – $7 to $25/personSun.: 2 p.m. – $5 to $23/person325-674-2787, Box OfficeOct. 16th — Oct. 18th Abilene Speedway – Southern Challenge Featuring IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks6825 W. Hwy. 80325-692-8800, SpeedwayWeb Site: Oct. 16th – Aug. 17th American Southwest Conference Crossover Volleyball Tournament McMurry University325-793-4635, Coach PetreeOct. 16th Dinner with History: Civil War reenactment of General A.P. Hill by Patrick Falci Buffalo Gap Historic Village, 133 N. William – Buffalo Gap, TXDinner: 6:30 p.m. – Show at 7:30 p.m.Dinner and Show: $40/personShow only: $25/person325-572-3365, Historic VillageWeb Site: Oct. 17th Fashions for the Cure 5K Fun Run/Walk Frontier Texas!, 625 North 1stPre-register online at www.cancerservicesnetwork.org8 a.m.325-672-0040, Cancer Services NetworkWeb Site: Oct. 17th Ghost Tours Listen to ghostly tales that relate to the history of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village. The buildings at the Village hold stories of lynchings, death and decay. You might encounter one of the spirits that reside at the Village.Buffalo Gap Historic Village, 133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TXBegins at Dusk$10/person; Members receive a 10% discount325-572-3365, BGHVOct. 17th — Oct. 18th Abilene Slowpitch Softball Association End of Season Softball Tournament Nelson Park, E.S. 11th & Loop 322325-829-7483, Jason JohnsonWeb Site: Oct. 17th Annual Boo at the Zoo Stroll the Treat Path and receive treats from businesses and other generous folks. If you come before sunset, the animal exhibits can be seen.Abilene Zoo, 2070 Zoo LaneNOTE: The Zoo will be closed to the public, until the event starts at 2 p.m.2 to 7 p.m.$2/person325-676-6086, Jere DrakeWeb Site: Oct. 18th Military Appreciation Day Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TXNoon – 5 p.m.Free with military ID325-572-3365, Historic VillageOct. 20th Abilene Cultural Affairs Council and Celebrity Attractions presents the Best of Broadway “The Rat Pack is Back” Abilene Civic Center7:30 p.m.Admission: TBA800-869-1451, Celebrity AttractionsWeb Site: Oct. 20th Sears Methodist Retirement System Winter Wellness Health Fair Offering free flu shots and free health screenings.Abilene Civic Center9 a.m. – 3 p.m.Luncheon: Noon to 1 p.m. $15/person $7.50/Ages 55+. Keynote speaker – Johnnie Lou Avery Boyd 325-437-6220, Sears MethodistOct. 20th Mr. James Lentz Luncheon, “The Toyota Way” ACU’s College of Business Administration is honoring the President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA . Mr. Lentz will be sharing his insights into The Toyota Way, a set of values, beliefs and business practices developed over 75 years that have become Toyota’s source of competitive strength in the automotive industry. Lentz discusses how these core values were formed and provides real-life examples of how they move Toyota’s business forward. He believes these core values will help Toyota weather turbulent times and thrive in good times. Abilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.$15/Advance, $20/Door325-674-2953, Amanda PittmanWeb Site: Oct. 21st 3rd Annual Men of Strength and Style Luncheon and men’s fashion show, honoring local men who have shown strength of good character and who are positive role models in our community. Benefits the Regional Crime Victim Crisis CenterAbilene Christian University, Hunter Welcome Center11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.$25/person325-677-7895, Diane DotsonWeb Site: Oct. 22nd Rotary Foundation Banquet In celebration of Rotary’s efforts to eliminate Polio worldwide, Rotary Foundation President Elect Ray Klinginsmith will be guest speaker. Reservations required.Abilene Christian University, Bob Hunter Welcome Center7 p.m.$50/person325-669-5554, Dave BoyllOct. 23rd — Oct. 24th Abilene Independent School District Halloween Classic Girls 5A Golf Invitational DiamondBack Golf and Maxwell Golf Courses325-691-1000 X 3159, Coach FindleyOct. 23rd — Oct. 24th Abilene Independent School District Swimming and Diving Invitational McMurry University, S. 14th and Sayles Blvd.325-677-1731 x 8411, Coach AllenOct. 23rd — Oct. 24th Abilene Poultry Show Taylor County Expo Center, Display Building325-677-4376, Expo CenterOct. 24th Abilene State Park “A Gathering Place Through the Years” 75th Birthday – 1934-2009 Enjoy a fun day outdoors as you celebrate the park’s birthday. Entertainment, historical displays and numerous activities round out the day.Abilene State Park, F.M. 899 a.m. – 4 p.m.Followed by “Star Gazing” at 6:30 p.m. – Sponsored by the Friends of Abilene State Park and Big Country Astronomy ClubFree325-690-6355, Bera JohsonOct. 24th 38th-Annual Key City Kiwanis Fish Fry Abilene Civic Center11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.$7.50—Adults, $5—Children ages 6 to 10; Free—Ages 5 and younger325-572-3891, Randy Duwe325-676-6211, Civic CenterOct. 24th “Beethoven’s 7th” Abilene Philharmonic Classical Conert Abilene Civic Center8 p.m.$12-$35325-677-6710, PhilharmonicWeb Site: Oct. 24th — Oct. 25th West Texas Barrel Racers Assn. Round Up Taylor County Expo Center, Covered Outdoor Arena325-677-4376, Expo CenterOct. 25th Buffalo Gap Historic Village Fall Festival and Parade Enjoy game booths for children and lots of family fun!Buffalo Gap Historic Village133 N. William—Buffalo Gap, TXNoon to 3 p.m.Parade starts at 1 p.m. at the VillageFree admission all day325-572-3365, Historic VillageOct. 29th — Oct. 30th UIL Region 1-5A Team Tennis Tournament Rose Park Tennis Center, 810 Portland325-676-6292, Tennis CenterOct. 30th — Nov. 1st Fort Phantom Bridge Unit 224 Sectional Tournament Abilene Civic Center325-673-8677, Barbara Bridges325-676-6211, Civic CenterOct. 31st “The Shining” Paramount Film Series Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of modern horror makes its first appearance as our Halloween film. Jack Nicholson stars in this edge-of-your-seat thriller! Rated RParamount Theatre, 352 Cypress7:30 and 11 p.m.$6 all seats325-676-9620, Box OfficeWeb Site:

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